by Jonathan Azaziah
Mawlid al-Nabawi in Syria’s Aleppo is extra-special this year. Two days ago on Jummah, Sunni and Shi’a prayed together in the Old City of Aleppo’s Great Mosque for the first time since Al-Qaeda groups occupied Halab nearly five years ago. The Takfiris ruled over the Great Mosque, also known as the Umayyad Mosque, with the same savage Wahhabi repression as the rest of Aleppo. Nobody but those who subscribed to the terrorists’ warped, Judaic, violent, intolerant perversion of Islam were allowed to even set foot in the historical compound, let alone pray in it. Today however, thanks to the Syrian Arab Army and its comrades, the ancient landmark is open to all people and Syria’s indigenous communal harmony has returned to the grounds. After all, the Great Mosque is the very embodiment of unity, as it is the burial place of the Prophet Zakariya (A.S.), father of Prophet Yahya [John the Baptist] (A.S.), figures affectionately revered by Muslims and Christians alike. It is thus fitting that Sunni and Shi’a would pray as one in this hallowed sanctuary to celebrate the Holy Prophet Muhammad’s (S.A.W.W.) birthday, the liberation of Aleppo and the preservation of Islamic unity as well as Syria’s sovereignty and identity.
But what makes this beautiful display of brotherhood so powerful–as if the Aleppo victory wasn’t awe-inspiring enough–is that these Sunni-Shi’a joint prayers are a dagger in the rotten heart of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Mad Takfiri Tyrant of Turkey and one of the principal backers of terrorists in Syria, who has said on numerous occasions going back to 2012 that he wanted to pray in the Umayyad Mosque of Damascus, then lead the prayers in the Umayyad Mosque of Aleppo. Ankara’s despot bragged that these Salat sessions would occur “soon” when “the Syrian people ™” (read: his non-Syrian proxy “rebel” gangs) toppled “dictator Assad”. Erdogan is an egomaniacal war criminal who has shamelessly had his Mossad-backed intelligence agency, MIT, provide total support for Jabhat al-Nusra, Ahrar al-Sham and ISIS, and out of all Zio-Imperialism’s partners destabilizing Syria, it is he who bears the most responsibility for the hell unleashed on Aleppo. Recep The Ravager wanted to impose Neo-Ottomanism and Wahhabi sectarianism on Halab, phasing out all who would reject his “Muslim” Brotherhood agenda, but instead, the Islamic unity and pluralism of the REAL Syrian people has prevailed.
The Holy Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.W.) said that the land of Bilad al-Sham–precious and beautiful Syria–is blessed and that the Angels (A.S.) have spread their wings over it as a safeguard. Sunni-Shi’a Co-Resistance in liberated Aleppo is a reflection of this blessing and as Islamic Unity Week comes to a close, it is also the best birthday present anyone could offer to Al-Moustafa (S.A.W.W.) Truly. So with this gift, the Angels (A.S.) smile. The Noble Messenger of Islam (S.A.W.W.) smiles. Syrians of all stripes smile. And all the while, Erdogan, the vile butcher of Aleppo, weeps in confusion, humiliation and defeat. That’s what you call a win-win-win-win. Happy birthday once more ya Rasoulallah (S.A.W.W.)! And long live Syria! Unified, pluralistic and victorious!